“Congressman addresses warmongers, directly asks Gates, Clinton if they support Bush doctrine of “preventive war”
Thursday, Dec 3, 2009
In comments before the House and during a televised interview yesterday, Congressman Ron Paul pointed out that with the decision to increase troop presence in Afghanistan and into Pakistan, president Obama is preparing to continue on the path of “perpetual war for perpetual peace”.
“I think it’s a bit misleading.” The Congressman told Fox Business, following Obama’s speech to the nation last night.
“I think Obama is actually preparing us for perpetual war. He’s been warning in that speech and elsewhere that we will be going into Pakistan. The idea that we’re going to bring our troops home eventually is just not so.” Paul added.
“There’s no way that he’s going to be able to pay for this. This is going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and we don’t have the money and it’s going to bring us down if we don’t stop it.” The Congressman continued.
“All wars are paid for through inflation, this will just put more pressure on the Fed to create more money, because I don’t believe it would help us one bit to tax the people to pay for the war, they’ll try to, but that would be devastating to the economy.”
In response to charges of advocating a policy of cut and run in Afghanistan, the Congressman pointed out that the Taliban were previously allies, and also that according to the U.S. army’s own reports there are only a total of 100 Al Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan.
“We’re following this precept of perpetual war for perpetual peace, and to me it’s perpetual bankruptcy.” Paul said.
“They claim they’re not nation building, they claim we’re in there for national security, to destroy Al Qaeda, but our very presence is the motivation for people to join Al Qaeda or the Taliban.”
“How many more people have to die just for us to save face?” The Congressman asked.
“The strength that we need is a president who finally resists the pressure by the special interests, the military industrial complex, the bankers and all the people who want these wars.” Paul said.
Watch the interview below:
Earlier in the day, during a a joint hearing on Afghanistan following Obama’s speech, The Congressman had stern words for Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“I wish I could promise you an eloquent statement where I could convert all of you to a non-interventionist foreign policy and a policy where we’re not nation building.” Paul commented.
“I wish that I could come up with some profound questions for the panel so that I could point out the inconsistencies not of the current foreign policy, but of the foreign policy that has been going on for quite a few decades.”
“But all I can think about are some terms that come to mind that I learned all the way back in the 1960s when I was serving as a military officer, an air force officer, for five years. And come up with thoughts ‘quagmire’, ‘perpetual war for perpetual peace’, ‘war is the health of the state’, ‘war is a racket’, ‘truth is the first casualty of war’.”
The Congressman also asked Gates and Clinton “Do you endorse the Bush doctrine of “preventive war”, or do you reject it”, prompting the following response from Clinton:
“We were attacked from Afghanistan, so even if the doctrine is or is not an appropriate one, it is not applicable to the situation before us.”
“We were never attacked by an Afghani.” Paul rebutted.
Watch the Congressman’s comments and questions below:
Clinton seems to have conveniently forgotten that the plan to attack Afghanistan was drawn up before 9/11 , so her point about the U.S. being attacked first is completely irrelevant.
Even if you believe the official story of 9/11, the plot was carried out by Saudi nationals and planned in Europe, it cannot be used as a valid reason for attacking Afghanistan.
Congressman Paul reiterated his earlier comments in remarks on the House floor, calling the U.S. wars “the rule rather than the exception”, adding “Someday we’re going to have to wake up and look at the type of foreign policy that the founders advised us to have, and that is nonintervention.”